Instead of writing a normal letter, this week I'll just be sending pictures. I want to introduce you to some of the amazing people I've met here in Rimini and tell you what I've learned from them.
|I'll miss our beautiful arc. It's been there since before Christ was born. I feel|
so blessed to be in a country with this much history.
First though, I know some of you have written me asking me about transfers. Well, I'm leaving my perfect little Rimini and my wonderful family here. We were all expecting that, so we weren't too surprised. I'm headed off to Vercelli to be companions with Sorella Walsh. I don't know her, but she came in with Sorella Strong. We were a little surprised at the rest of the news. We knew of course Sorella Lofley was going home. Taking her place will be Sorella Palumbo. But, Sorella Strong is leaving too. She's going to Firenze to be companions with my sweet Sorella Holloway. I'm so excited for her. We're both sad, but excited. Taking our place here in Rimini will be . . . Anziani! Not just any Anziani - Anziano Young is coming to train. I feel very blessed. Once again, people I love are going to be together. It's hard to leave Rimini, just like it was hard to leave Milano, but Anziano Young was there to take care of Milano, and he'll be here to take care of Rimini too. I'm so excited for him and for Rimini. There are a lot of changes, especially because on Sunday, Emilio was released as our branch mission leader; now he's the branch president! Great things are going to happen for Rimini, I can feel it!
I had a feeling I'd be leaving on Sunday, so I just started crying. Please ignore my tear stained face in these pictures. We all know I'm an emotional wreck.
|Our dear little church. I''ll miss riding down the hill to our pink church. |
It's my favorite church I've ever seen.
|This is Emilio's new desk as branch president. I don't think he's ever been|
as excited as when we showed him this picture. "My daughter in my desk!
How Beautiful!" Oh, Presidente Babbo!
|Babbo and Mamma. I don't now what I'll do without them.|
These two people have changed my life. I thank my lucky
stars for them each and every day.
|This is Fratello Asioli. He's a spiritual giant and blows my mind. Like|
everyone else in Rimini, he loves the missionaries. He loves the work.
He loves the Lord.
|Luigi came over for dinner with us and the Zufolini's last night. It was|
such a blessing to get to say goodbye to him.
|I'll never forget these two people (Emilio e Ilaria). They've changed my|
life in so many ways.
|Mamma and Babbo making a wonderful meal for our last night with them.|
|Babbo made this. It's the three kingdoms of glory. How great is he?|
|Babbo making the finest focaccia in the world.|
|Marco! He wants to share the Gospel with everyone he knows. I've learned|
so much from him about the reasons for serving. It's all about the love.
|Sabrina and Louisa! These women have shown such a beautiful desire|
and faith. All they want is to do their best. I love them with all of my heart.
|Our third missionary, again! (Me, Emanuele, and Sorella Strong)|
|The Canuti's! They are a family with light in their eyes. I've never met|
anyone who gets more excited to talk about the Gospel than these two
wonderful people. Every time they share the Gospel, they are overjoyed.
|Julia is the bomb! I don't have words to describe her. Every Sunday in|
Gospel Principles, she always takes notes, and the she'll ask me about them
later. She's one of those people who's eager to learn. I love it!
|Olga taught me a lot about the desire to have faith. She always tells us to|
pray for her to have the faith of Abraham. Let me tell you, she already
does. She acts upon every prompting, even when she doesn't know what
the result will be.
|So this is Abraham, our new convert. These pictures pretty much |
describe our relationship.
Well, that's it from Rimini. I've loved my time here and it's all because of the people. My life has been changed in Rimini; I have been changed in Rimini. I hope you all are able to come and see my perfect little town someday. If you do, they'll welcome you with open arms. This branch is a family. I'm greatful that God let me be a part of it, even if it was only for four months. I'm heartbroken I'm leaving, but I'll never forget what I have learned here. I am excited for Vercelli. I can't wait to tell you all about it next week.
Con tutto il mio cuore
Sorella Ellen Rose Ervin